Day: July 20, 2013

“(What did I do to be so) Black and Blue”





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“Delaying retirement can delay dementia, large study finds”


By Marilynn Marchione, The Associated Press
Alex Brandon / AP June Springer, who just turned 90, at Caffi Contracting Services where she works in Alexandria, Va.

Alex Brandon / AP
June Springer, who just turned 90, at Caffi Contracting Services where she works in Alexandria, Va.

New research boosts the “use it or lose it” theory about brainpower and staying mentally sharp. People who delay retirement have less risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia, a study of nearly half a million people in France found.

It’s by far the largest study to look at this, and researchers say the conclusion makes sense. Working tends to keep people physically active, socially connected and mentally challenged — all things known to help prevent mental decline.

“For each additional year of work, the risk of getting dementia is reduced by 3.2 percent,” said Carole Dufouil, a scientist at INSERM, the French government‘s health research agency.

She led the study and gave results Monday at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Boston.

About 35 million people worldwide have dementia, and Alzheimer’s is the most common type. In the U.S., about 5 million have Alzheimer’s — 1 in 9 people aged 65 and over. What causes the mind-robbing disease isn’t known and there is no cure or any treatments that slow its progression.



“The Conservative Struggle Against Demographics”: Republicans Should Spend Less Time And Energy Fighting The Inevitable

Monday, Attorney General Eric Holder said Trayvon Martin’s death was “tragic and unnecessary.” The continuing American tragedy is the lingering racial chasm in American society. The U.S. has a black president and a black attorney general. But Paula Deen uses racial slurs, the Supreme Court guts the Voting Rights Act and an innocent 17-year-old black youth dies because he was black and wears a hoodie.

Tuesday, Hillary Clinton and conservative blogger Erick Erickson weighed in on the Zimmermann case.

Erickson wrote, “Bad choices were made by George Zimmerman and by Trayvon Martin.” It’s easy to pick out the bad choices that George Zimmerman made. He decided not to leave the scene after the Sanford police department dispatcher warned him to get out way and let police officers handle the situation. Zimmerman’s biggest mistake, of course, was his choice to shoot an unarmed boy.

It’s much harder for me to identify the mistakes…

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“We Were Wrong”: What If Republicans Had Come To This Realization Sooner?

It took over 700 days, a recess appointment, and a nuclear-option showdown, but a prominent Republican senator yesterday took stock of his party’s efforts to reject Richard Cordray and nullify the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. He reached an interesting conclusion.

“Cordray was being filibustered because we don’t like the law” that created the consumer agency, said Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina. “That’s not a reason to deny someone their appointment. We were wrong.”

That’s not a phrase we often hear from politicians, especially congressional Republicans, and it’s a welcome concession. Indeed, since I made the same argument on Monday, I’m delighted by Graham’s candor.

Perhaps, if Senate Republicans had come to this realization just a little sooner, Elizabeth Warren would be at the CFPB right now and Scott Brown would still be making Wall Street happy as a senator.

Regardless, the question many Senate Democrats are asking…

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Pakistan Is No Fan of the U.S., But the Philippines Still Likes Us


It seems there’s no love for America abroad, or at least there’s less of it, according to a new study from the Pew Research Center. The United States’ global image has seen a steady decline since 2003 — when the Iraq invasion began — and has diminished even among longstanding allies like Britain, France and Germany.

Surveying 39 countries among 37,653 respondents, the study released on Thursday shows the percentage of people who view the U.S. positively has dropped over the last decade. The most negative impression stems from parts of the Muslim world, particularly Pakistan, Jordan and Egypt. Pakistan’s unfavorable view is no surprise, with deep-rooted tensions intensifying over the use of drones.

(MORE: Americans Abroad: When Goodwill Turns Into Gaffe)

Drone attacks, it seems, have also been an international point of contention. Half or more of people in 31 of the 39 countries surveyed disapprove of U.S. drone…

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Paypal Error Makes Man an Accidental Quadrillionaire


When Chris Reynolds got an email regarding his PayPal account last Friday, he was stunned to see a 17-digit balance. The mind-boggling amount — $92,233,720,368,547,800 — was about 14 digits longer than he was used to seeing there. “At first I thought that I owed quadrillions. It was quite a big surprise,” the Media, Pennsylvania resident told the Philadelphia Daily News.

(MORE: PayPal Ups Ante in Holiday Season Price-Matching Wars)

Reynolds has used the online payment service for the past 10 years to buy and sell items on eBay, such as vintage parts. He estimates that typically he averages no more than $100 in transactions a month.

A quadrillion dollars—which is actually a real number—is just about 1300 times more than the world’s GDP, which is approximately $70 trillion a year. That’s leagues above the net worth of Microsoft tycoon Bill Gates, who reclaimed his spot…

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